Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

APR 2014

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completed, to coincide with the rest of the land- scape installation. The homeowners typically use the residence from May through September. The varying heights of the natural limestone slabs and the water level was another challenge, as the design team wanted to make sure that the fixtures were at the same visual height from a distance. The original wall design was rectan- gular, but revisions bent it into a soft, natural curve. Laser levels were no help in the installa- tion of the brass LED fixtures, as the height of the stone relative to the water level varied over the wall's 200-foot length. The construction team had to confirm the placement of each light visually, meticulously working their way across the lake wall to keep each of the 41 fixtures lev- el. Choosing the right fixture for the lake wall was also important to the client and the team, as the homeowners wanted the limestone to be visible from on the lake, but not so bright that passersby would be distracted by the light. The construction team had to use a hammer drill to penetrate the limestone slabs, drilling holes as deep as three feet so wires could be threaded through to connections in the back of the wall. An angle grinder was used to create a flat surface for mounting the fixtures. The homeowners also wanted a new fire pit area for their family to sit around, and a small seating area for the adults to watch the kids swim in the lake. The landscape lighting design supplemented these new features by installing 24 LC DBM Town & Country Above, Left: Brass LED fixtures placed on the underside of the dock illuminate the water and the interior of the boat ramps so the homeowners or visitors can swim or guide boats into the ramp at night. Above, Right & Top: Two-inch stainless steel dock lights (Hunza) in the corners make the ipe wood docks visible, and copper uplights on select trees complement the path lighting and add depth to the foliage. Transformers and outdoor speakers were hidden in the wood columns on the docks. 022-025.indd 24 3/27/14 1:11 PM

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